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Floating Dock Sinks, Damaging Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier


7Dnews London

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:29 GMT

Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank on Tuesday October 30th, and a crane crashed onto its deck.

According to Reuters, the carrier had seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces.

Maria Kovtun, Murmansk's governor, said in a statement that a rescue operation had been launched and 71 people evacuated after the floating dock holding the ship had begun to sink. She also commented that the warship had been successfully extracted from the dock before it completely sank.

Investigators said that one person was missing, and four others were being treated for hypothermia after being plucked out of the water.

The head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, Alexei Rakhmanov, shared that that the ship's hull and deck had been damaged, although what he called the vessel's vitally important parts had not been harmed.

Yevgeny Gladyshev, a spokesman for the shipyard which operates the floating dock, told the RIA news agency that unspecified equipment had been damaged but that much of the deck had been spared because it had been removed during repairs. 

The floating dock was hit by a power outage which had caused its water tanks to fill up rapidly, prompting it to sink, the shipyard said.